Laser tattoo removal for dark skin

Not all lasers are created equal. And not all are able to provide safe laser tattoo removal on dark skin, risking unwanted scars, blisters, or loss of pigment.

Clear your ink without damaging the skin’s natural melanin. LightSense® makes tattoo removal on dark skin a safe and effective option.

Neck tattoo removal

Neck tattoo removal

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Carl's story

Tattoo-loving Carl found the LightSense® laser treatment “a dream” compared to older, more aggressive technologies.

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Carl came to NAAMA to fade his unwanted tattoos, while leaving the skin in a healthy condition and ready for something new. 

Carl’s fading for cover-ups
Carl’s fading for cover-ups

Treatments tailored to your skin type

Your skin tone influences your treatment protocol. We use the Fitzpatrick scale to accurately identify your skin tone and adjust the LightSense® laser system’s precise settings accordingly, for safe and effective treatment.*

We remove black tattoo ink on all skin tones. However, we can only safely treat colored inks on Fitzpatrick 1-3 skin types. There are limitations on safely treating colored inks on Fitzpatrick 4-6 skin types as the laser may damage the melanocytes and cause permanent scarring, often referred to as hypopigmentation. 

We’re working with physicists to reach a breakthrough on color tattoo removal for all skin types. Watch this space.

Light, pale

Type 1


Always burns, never tans

White, fair

Type 2


Usually burns, tans with difficulty

Medium, white to olive

Type 3

Medium, white
to olive

Mild burns, tans to olive

Olive, moderate brown

Type 4

Olive, moderate

Rarely burns, tans with ease

Brown, dark brown

Type 5

Brown, dark

Very rarely burns, tans very easily

Very dark brown, black

Type 6

Very dark
brown, black

Never burns, tans very easily

Our experts will recommend a course of tattoo removal treatment that is perfect for you and your skin.

*Your skin type might not fit neatly into any of these descriptions and that’s okay, people aren’t meant to fit into boxes. Speak to one of our experts and we’ll advise a treatment plan tailored to you and your skin.

Client testimonial

Client testimonial

Client stories

Removals that end in smiles. Results that last a lifetime. We sit down and chat with some of our clients about their tattoo removal journey with NAAMA and what starting again with clear skin means to them. Read their stories below.



Multiple tattoo removals

"I truly do love it here... I love the fact that I'm getting my skin back."


We welcome and are able to treat all skin types at NAAMA.

Black ink can be treated on all skin tones, but there are some limitations on treating color inks on darker skin tones due to an increased risk of skin damage. We can only safely treat colored inks on Fitzpatrick 1-3 skin types. 

Speak to one of our experts and get a personal assessment, or read more on our blog.

We treat tattoos as often as every 2-3 weeks. Thanks to the skin-kind LightSense® laser system, NAAMA clients require minimal downtime between sessions.

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*Your specific amount of downtime will be assessed during your initial consultation and may change during the course of treatment. We can only treat as often as every 2-3 weeks for Fitzpatrick 1-3 skin types.

Most tattoos are made from quality, safe ink pigments, and respond well to treatment. On average it takes 8-12 sessions to completely clear tattoo ink. 

Inks that don’t respond as well to tattoo removal are referred to as “stubborn” and can take a longer time to remove. In severe cases, some inks may not respond to laser removal at all. However, this is very rare.

Read our blog on tattoo ink here and speak to a consultant for an assessment of your tattoo. 

Many of our clients say that tattoo removal is a similar sensation to getting a tattoo, others say it is comfortable. The LightSense® laser system uses 34x less energy than the average pico laser. This means it causes less pain and is kinder to the skin. 

We have a detailed blog answering this question.

The Fitzpatrick scale is a numerical classification of human skin types, from 1 to 6. We use this to assess individual skin types so we can create safe and bespoke treatment plans for each client.